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Jordi Alba leaves Barcelona despite having one more year on his contract

Jordi Alba announces he is leaving Barcelona

The winger, who has played 11 seasons in Barcelona’s first team, announced he is leaving the club at the end of the season.

Barcelona – Jordi Alba will leave Barcelona at the end of this season, sources close to the player have confirmed to ESPN, thus ending eleven seasons at the Barca club.

Despite having another year on his contract, the 34-year-old Catalan winger, who arrived at the Camp Nou in 2012 from Valencia, has decided to leave and end his career outside La Liga.

His destination could be Saudi Arabia, where Sergio Busquets could also be signed and where the two could match up with Lionel Messi, whom Barca intend to retain despite a multimillion-dollar offer from Al Hilal .

Ten months later when Barcelona were unable to transfer him as they had intended, Alba learned from the club that he was not involved in the future project of Xavi Hernández, who had been displaced from ownership by young Alejandro Balde, and returned to the team. His role was seen as very limited. ,

His first intention was to extend his contract until 2024, but after a personal meeting with Joan Laporta a few days later, he began to seriously assess his departure, which he eventually decided upon when he signed with the unit. agreed upon financial terms with who would pay them. An agreement to carry on its march.

Thus, on Sunday against Mallorca, the footballer, for whom Barça paid 14 million euros to Valencia, will say goodbye to the club after having played 458 official matches (he will be ninth with most appearances) in which he Scored 27 goals and won a total of 18 titles: six in the league, one Champions League, one Club World Cup, five Copas del Rey, one European Super Cup and four Spanish Super Cups.

Alba will say goodbye to the fans along with Busquets, the team’s other great veteran, who announced on 10 May that he would not renew his contract after being undisputed in the line-up for fifteen seasons, a circumstance that the side, practically Untouchables from 2022 to 2022, lost this last course, appearing in 29 games, of which he started only 19 and completed only 9.

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